OBITUARY

Michael Arnold Hill D.M.D.

October 6, 1942January 14, 2017
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Michael Arnold Hill of Gresham, Oregon, son of William and Nancy Hill passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017. Born in San Mateo, California, he leaves behind his daughters Andrea, Pitchaya; and wife, Jeanine. He is also survived by his brothers Bill (Sandy) and Tim (Elaine). Very special to Mike was his grandson Bryce Michael and numerous nieces and nephews. Michael graduated from the University of Oregon with a dental degree. He served in the Gresham community in his practice for over forty years. He was active for several years on the Gresham Barlow School Board and was very committed to the welfare of both students and teachers. Mike was an accomplished watercolor artist. He was presented with many awards for art achievement. He was the primary artist for the Concours d' Elegance in Forest Grove, Oregon for several years. Friends and family are invited to a funeral service Saturday January 28th at 11am. The service will be held at St. Henry's Church in Gresham with a gathering to be held there afterwards. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Gresham Barlow School District or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Michael Hill.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 28, 2017
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Michael Arnold Hill D.M.D.

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Lynn (Ellingrud) O'Brien Wolfe

February 6, 2017

I grew up on SW Virginia Street right across from Mickey's house. I remember him so well -- a gigantic smile, a deep, rolicking, loud laugh, big feet! He was about 4 years older than me -- not a big difference as an adult, but a very large difference as a child -- and I remember him coming out of his one-story home, walking down the few steps to the sidewalk, and somehow, grinning! I last saw Mick at an art show in the John's Landing area (the area which we all called "Carp Valley" in the 1950s and 1960s) about 10 years ago. I had no idea he was an amazingly talented artist! I was "gape mouthed" to learn that the most intricate and beautiful drawings of cars were Mickey's! We spoke and he told me of his training as an illustrator who then went on to become a dentist -- I guess you could say he "illustrated" beautiful teeth for his patients. He was a kind person who always had a smile and who never teased me. His children should be very proud of their Dad and the memories he has left for us.

Donna Tucker

February 1, 2017

I feel short-changed! I met Mike Hill at Geriatric Dental last year. He was basically volunteering after retiring from his own practice in Gresham. I recently found out that he knew his time was limited for quite awhile, but one would never know it. He was a fantastic artist and it showed in his dental practice. My heart goes out to his family because a man like that must have left a very large void.

Bonnie Cross

January 29, 2017

Mike was my family dentist for 19 years, and we also knew one another through his involvement with Barlow High School, where I worked for many years.
My family and I were so saddened to hear of Mike's passing... He was such a unique, energetic, funny, caring man. The world needs more like him, and now we have one less... We're so sorry he's gone.
Mike was the only guy who could make me laugh even while my mouth was full of dental implements... And believe me, that was no easy task! I'm grateful to have known him, and I'll always think of him with a smile.
To Mike's family, I wish you comfort and peace.

Jan Corder

January 27, 2017

Simply the best dentist I've ever had and the most fun! His infectious smile and hilarious stories made dental visits enjoyable. I will miss seeing him and his art each summer at the Gresham Art Walk. What a guy!!

Dr. Steve Pauly

January 27, 2017

I really enjoyed the years that I worked helping Mike in his busy office. When we were both there the day was full of laughs good dentistry. People would call us Mutt and Jeff since he was short and I was tall. I loved watching him paint and will always enjoy the picture I have hanging in my house. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Don Gray

January 27, 2017

I first got acquainted with Mike when, on behalf of the Gresham Public Art group, he called me a little over a year ago to ask if I would be interested in painting a mural in Gresham. I quickly learned how engaging, honest and warmly funny he was. I also discovered in looking at his website that he was an exceptionally talented artist. In several meetings during the process of planning the mural, Mike showed his strength of character, humility and genuine warmth and caring for others. The way he faced his illness with courage and acceptance was inspiring. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I would love to have had more time to know him better.

Brian Crockwell

January 26, 2017

I am a neighbor of Mike and Jeanine and always found him to be an outgoing and warm person to interact with. I am also a retired dentist and heard nothing but praise for the quality of his dentistry and how he treated his patients.I really admired Mike for the way he handled the adversity that came his way in the last few years. I will forever cherish the one painting I have of downtown Portland that I purchased from Mike. Rest in Peace.

Larry Schick

January 26, 2017

I will miss seeing you at the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance, Mike. I'm so happy that venue gave us a chance to reconnect after our grade school years at St.Lawrence. I'm also glad I bought some examples of your art work and will especially treasure the large water color you painted of my 1938 Cadillac when we went to Willamette Park together. It hangs on my living room wall will always bring back fond memories of the time I spent with you--- with sincerest sympathy, Larry Schick---St Lawrence Grade School Graduating Class of 1956. I deeply regret that a prior commitment this coming Saturday will make it impossible to attend your Memorial Service

Tiffany Lother

January 25, 2017

Words can't express what an amazing man Mike was...the world has defiantly lost an incredible human being. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest in peace Mike.

Joan Berry - Phillips

January 24, 2017

Glen, Marj and I have great childhood memories of growing up in the 1940's and 50's on Virginia Street. Mickey,our neighbor,was a great instigator of fun and games! He will always be part of our precious memories of growing up on Virginia Street.